How to Add a Custom Location on Instagram

Do you have an Instagram account?

Want to know how to create a custom location on Instagram?

In this post, I share the step-by-step instructions on how to create a custom location on Instagram.

I has a sad. 😢 This method is no longer supported.

Why custom locations?

Before Instagram released the 7.4.1 update to their app on August 19 (2015), power users would use the location feature to create a custom location or mock geotag.

Often these mock geotags were funny places, URLs, or Call to Actions like “Link in Bio” or “Follow me on Twitter”.

When Instagram introduced version 7.4.1 of their iOS and Android app they removed the ability to easily create a custom location within the Instagram app. However, there is another way.

Since the app update, many users have decided to leave the location field blank or tag their photos with nearby locations.

However, there is still a way to create custom locations even though Instagram removed the ability to create custom locations from the Instagram app natively.

Here are the step-by-step directions to add a custom location to Instagram.

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1. Make sure Facebook location services is turned on.

Turn on Facebook location services.
Turn on Facebook location services.

The first step is to make sure your location services within the Facebook Mobile App is turned on. If your location services are turned off you will not be able to create a new custom location. Most people will have this turned on by default but there is a handful who are leerier of Facebook knowing their location and they may have turned this off for privacy reasons.

2. Create a Facebook check-in status update.

Create a Facebook check-in status.
Create a Facebook check-in status.

The next step is to sign into your Facebook app and begin creating a check-in status update. To do this click on the location icon which should then show a selection menu of nearby locations.

3. Type your custom location title in the search box.

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Type your custom location title in the search box.

Tap the search box and type in the custom location as you’d like it to appear on Instagram.

Note: The first letter of your custom location must be capitalized and you can’t use symbols like # and @ or emojis 😟.

 4. Tap “Add…” to create your custom location.

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Tap on “Add [new location]…” at the bottom of the search results
Make sure you’ve spelled everything correctly and tap on the “Add ‘[your custom location name]’…” button.

On the next screen, you’ll need to Choose a Category. “Just for fun” is probably the most appropriate choice. If you choose “Home” as the category it’ll ask for some other information and may tie it to your Facebook profile probably isn’t what you want so I’d stay away from the category for now.

The next screen Facebook will ask you to Choose a Location. The easiest thing to do is to tap the “I’m here right now” button but if you’d rather not have your current location tied to your custom location you can search for another location and choose that instead.

After you’ve chosen a location you can click on the “Create” button in the upper right-hand corner (iOS) which will add your new custom location to the Facebook database.

Post your check-in status update to Facebook.

 5. Open the Instagram app and create a new post.

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Create a new post on Instagram.

To test that your custom location was created properly, open your Instagram app and create a new post as you normally would.

6. Search for a custom location.

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Search for a custom location on Instagram.

Just before you publish your post click on the “Add Location” button and search for your recently created custom location on Instagram. You should see your new custom location on Instagram appear in the search results.

And there you have it!

Let’s discuss!

What do you think?

Do you plan on using custom locations on Instagram to increase the engagement on your Instagram posts?

Which custom locations on Instagram have provided the best results for you?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • artdeco

    Does my instagram account has to be open to public or it works if it is private as well? It didin’t work for me, my created location never ever appears on instagram 🙁

    • Jruss

      This didn’t work for me either. Are their recent changes or updates?

      • I did notice that you now have to publish your post in Facebook when creating a new custom location for the location to appear in Instagram. Give that a shot and let me know if it works for you.

        • I tried both ways and it did not work. Tried posting an actual check in on Facebook and still did not work in Instagram.

          • Hey Pam, Are you using iOS or Android?

            I’m trying to narrow down what’s causing it to not work for some. I was just able to create a custom location and it came right up on Instagram.

      • Hey russJ, Are you using iOS or Android?

        I’m trying to narrow down what’s causing it to not work for some. I was just able to create a custom location and it came right up on Instagram.

    • I’m not sure if private/public has an effect. I haven’t tested that variable.
      I did notice that you now have to publish your post in Facebook when creating a new custom location.

      • Farid Yaakob

        i just did this for the sake of creating a new geotag and i private my Facebook status; and my instagram is private. It works!

  • I was able to make the custom location in facebook just fine, but it’s not popping up in instagram at all. It’s been about 12 hours. Will it eventually make its way to instagram as a location option?

    • Hey Kriston, Are you using iOS or Android?

      I’m trying to narrow down what’s causing it to not work for some. I was just able to create a custom location and it came right up on Instagram.

  • dsignrepublik

    I could make the custom location in FB okay, but it didn’t show up on IG. Also, when I went back to FB to check-in a second time, the custom location I’d just created was gone. I’m using iOS. Do the IG and FB accounts have to be linked in any way – email login etc?

    • I don’t believe so. Facebook and Insta update their apps pretty regularly so this workaround may have been blocked. I was running into the same issues yesterday trying to help someone else create a custom location. I’ll give it a few more tries today but it may no longer be an option. :/

  • Dave Williams

    Hi Ben. I’m trying to add a more remote custom location but FB will only allow me to add addresses by city. The locations address doesn’t include a city that FB lists. I can Google map the location by name and the pin location is correct. I can add it in foursquare just not in FB. Any clues?

  • Yeah FB Let me create a location, check in, and post it but it did not show in IG – when I went back to FB if I try to check in again it won’t show / have to create location again.. Tried logging in and out of both apps but didn’t work either 🙁

  • Cameron Ladenburg

    It didn’t work for me. I followed the instructions carefully but it didn’t show up on the Instagram seacrch. Pleance help

  • Paul Ashby-Vagg

    Worked for me in android, but found that you have to post as a status, and IG will not let you add it to old posts 🙂

  • TayRach

    The location services did not show up in my Facebook settings, the rest of the steps i followed and it did not work.

  • LT

    Bummer, it isn’t working and I’m on Android!

  • Rachel Sato-Banks

    Didn’t work for me either. I have latest Instagram update and am using iOS 9.3.2

  • PRIMAL

    Do you need to have Facebook linked to your Instagram account for this to work? I’m assuming “no” since it’s creating a public location on Facebook, but since it’s not working for me, this is the only problem I can think of.

  • James Creedy

    Created a location in Facebook, posted it as a private check-in, but it doesn’t show in Instagram. I’m on Android.

  • James Creedy

    Oh, just realised why so many of us may be having problems. I think we have to be within a certain proximity to the place we’ve created. I want to add a photo to a place in Cuba, but because I’m back in London, I’m not allowed to.

  • Melissa

    Hi, I have seen that some people have added a clickable address to their instagram bio beneath their website link. The address then takes you to google maps when you click it. I cant seem to find an answer anywhere on how to do this. Does anybody have any advice?

  • Cait

    I’m having similar issues! I created a new location on Facebook and it’s still not showing up on Instagram. Any ideas? Help!!!

  • عبدالرحمن الباني

    Didn’t work for me help please.
    I have iphone & Android

  • Blissful Vine

    Ok, the instructions were soooo easy to follow and all worked well on the FB end (thank you!!)….but then it didn’t show up (still!) on IG (sigh). This nonsense with IG is very frustrating. I’ll take any help or suggestions. I have iPhone 6s.

    • Roma Karageorgievich

      Me too!

  • Ron Warner

    These changes basically ruined my Instagram experience. I’m not out there trying to get engagement. I just have a private account where my (actual) friends can see photos I’ve taken. I have always included a location with my posts (the geo location of the photo) so that I could view all my photos on the map of the world. Lately I’ve been catching up on photos I took overseas last summer. When I select to include the location, I’m usually presented with a very disjointed list of semi-correct locations and/or locations in the same city but nowhere near the spot I took the photo. Previously I was always able to rectify this by creating a custom location. Now I’m forced to choose an incorrect location or no location at all, thus ruining the map. I was able to get around this to some degree by doing essentially what you’ve described. I went into my Facebook app, posted the pic privately and was able to “check in” using the location of the photo (not my current location). The first time I did this, I was able to actually give a name to the exact GPS spot I was trying to use. The next time I tried this, I could only use a pre-existing location near where the picture was taken (but possibly many miles away), or, if I created a location, I had to create something that was near my current location (not helpful when I’m posting photos I took overseas). In order to not ruin my map, I’ve basically just stopped posting until this garbage gets straightened out (if that ever happens).

  • Linnea

    I’m basically having the same issues as everyone else. Created a new location on Facebook and it shows up when I post and check in. It doesn’t show up on Ig. It can’t be the proximity because locations show up much further away from me, even in other countries. You’d think they would make it a little easier on us. Using it for business and this is so frustrating!!!

  • Shahid Ahmed

    Add custom location on fb is not coming!!

  • I needed to add custom location to my Instagram. so i found a way. Thanks For Sharing

  • Westley Roberts

    it doesnt work… Anyone figure it out having the same issue?

    • This method is no longer supported. 🙁

      • praise webhosting

        it still does my location worked perfectly was adding my company location to IG

  • Ella Sercovich

    I have follow all the instructions and the new location doesn’t appear on my instagram locations…
    What should I do?

    • This method is no longer supported.

      • praise webhosting

        it works used it today

  • Emily Phelps

    Hi All. These instructions were super easy to follow, but I can’t seem to “add” a new location through Facebook or Instagram. If I can’t add a new location. Do you know how I can amend one? It’s a place that has the incorrect spelling! Help please.

  • Ashley Busenius

    Thanks for sharing – super helpful! FYI- it works!

  • Half Pint

    Ok now I want to delete the custom location off of FaceBook how do I do that?

  • Jake Mare

    This worked for me and I have been using the location for a couple of weeks now, but it suddenly disappeared. It’s still on facebook, but I can’t find it on IG anymore.

  • Skeptics

    Epic fail. Congratulations!

  • Leen Mattens

    It still works if you pick a real category instead of “just for fun”!!

  • kai wen

    dont click just for fun it wont let you create location!

  • This does not work. The location already exists but Instagram doesn’t find it.